Sunday Salon – April 18, 2010

April 18, 2010

Another Sunday, another Sunday Salon. Finally, spring seems to have arrived in Northern California. Yesterday Kip and I took Raven and joined our friends from the San Francisco Bay area at a camp ground up here in Shasta County. The weather was gorgeous – sunny, breezy, just the right temperature. We ended up hanging out on the banks of the Sacramento River, enjoying the day and catching up on our lives. It was really the perfect day! I thought I would share a couple of photos since Raven has really grown up since the last time I posted a photo of her (click on photos to see an enlarged version):

Today I am hunkering down with my current read Therese Raquin by Emile Zola as I need to get my post together for The Classics Circuit Spring in Paris tour which is due April 21st. I love finding a good classic novel which has a modern feel to it – and this book fits the bill. I don’t want to say too much about it today – but I am enjoying this dark look at human nature (and I really loved the preface Zola wrote for my edition…which I will share with you later this week).

Since my last Sunday Salon post I’ve managed to write a few reviews, and finish one book, and toss another book aside:

Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton (read my review) – don’t miss out on the chance to win a signed edition of this intense historical fiction … contest closes on April 20th at midnight.

The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans (read my review) – those of you who read my Salon post last week know I loved this quirky little book.

Europa by Tim Parks – one of a few DNFs that made their way onto my reading shelves…I just really disliked this book and tossed it aside by page 40 (read my thoughts)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (read my review) – this was okay for me, but I had hoped it would blow me away. While it didn’t do that, it did introduce me to an interesting character who engaged me enough that I will most likely read the sequel to find out what happens to her.

What’s next on the reading list? I have quite a few books crying out to me:

  • Chow Hounds by Ernie Ward, DVM (look for a review on April 27th when I tour this book for TLC Book Tours)
  • The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash (I’ll be posting a review of this book on the 1st or 2nd of May, then watch for a great Mother’s Day contest post on the 2nd…I’m really excited about this special event hosted by the author).
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave – I’m reading this for a book club read and I am very interested in how I’ll respond to this novel. I’ve seen mixed reactions to it, but I’m hoping this will be a book I love.
  • Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann – this is another book club read, but I am also reading it for a TLC Book Tour on May 28th…so even though I will probably have this read in the first week of May, you’ll have to wait for my review until the end of that month.
  • The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel – I can’t wait to crack the spine on this book. Look for a review around the 7th of May.
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – Another book club read which begins in the middle of May but which I’d like to get read much sooner than that.

What’s up next on your to-be-read pile? Do you have a little reading time reserved for today? Have a great week!

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  1. Sounds like perfect weather to be out in, England is bright, sunny and very warm today too so I’ve been out reading in the sun for the last few hours which has been glorious

  2. Yesterday’s outing sounds wonderful and those photos are gorgeous – that water is so blue!

    • Gavin on April 18, 2010 at 14:22

    What beautiful weather to be out by the river. Those photos are lovely. So is Raven. Have a great week.

    • EL Fay on April 18, 2010 at 14:43

    I just finished reading the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was browsing LOTR images on DeviantArt the other day and I came across a photo of a German Shepherd labeled “Sauron.” Apparently when their ears are pressed together, it really does kind of look like Sauron’s helmet from the movies! Anyway, that’s what I immediately thought of when I saw Raven. Her ears are so big!

  3. I’m interested to see what you think of “Little Bee” too.

    Lovely photos!

  4. You’ve got some great books on deck. I have both Little Bee and Brooklyn so now I just need to make them a priority. Looking forward to your reviews on those two.

    • Wendy on April 20, 2010 at 04:54

    Katrina: I love sitting out in the sun with a good book…sounds like you had a great day!

    Kathy: Thanks! The river was gorgeous (albeit VERY fast moving so we had to keep Raven on a leash).

    Gavin: Thanks 🙂 Raven is growing up fast!

    El Fay: LOL! Her ears are the first thing people comment on … I should have named her Dumbo, but it doesn’t fit the rest of her!

    Jenners: Thanks! I should have Little Bee read by the end of the weekend, I am thinking.

    Stephanie: I’m looking forward to BOTH of those books!

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